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Minister Carr tops lobbying list as groups ramp up on environmental assessment, fisheries bills

News|By Shruti Shekar
'I would be surprised if he wasn’t the No. 1 minister being lobbied,' says Navigator consultant Andrew Balfour as energy and environment bills work their way through the House.
News|By Emily Haws
Expect disabilities legislation to be tabled before summer, but the government to otherwise focus on getting through priority bills already in the House.
News|By Shruti Shekar
NDP MP Charlie Angus also wants Parliamentarians to discuss regulating lobbyists who take up jobs as political staffers.
News|By Shruti Shekar
Kinder Morgan, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and Canadian Energy Pipeline Association have been lobbying the government to gauge the timeline for getting shovels in the ground.
Economic indicators suggest that Canada's performance among G7 nations is middling, says columnist Evan Sotiropoulos.
Energy demand continues to grow around the world, even as countries, including a historically oil-rich country like Norway, look to diversify and invest in renewable resources.
The Quebec Liberals have one card up their sleeve that their Ontario cousins do not.
Opinion|Phil Gurski
As Canadians, we expect the authorities tasked with keeping us safe to do as they are mandated. We spend a lot of taxpayers’ hard-earned money on law enforcement and national-security agencies, and we demand an efficient…
If not, 3,400 workers will find themselves unable to contribute to their public service pension plans this fall.
News|By Emily Haws
Farm groups are pushing the Liberals to ratify the 11-member deal, but automakers want to pump the brakes until NAFTA is a done deal.
First Nations jurisdiction over pipelines, child welfare, the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and the proposed Indigenous rights recognition framework are also expected to be top issues in the upcoming national chief election.
Indigenous Services has a budget of $9.3-billion compared to $3.1-billion for Crown-Indigenous Relations, according to the main estimates.
The Hill Times sent questions to all 72 MPs who accepted $620,000 worth of free travel in 2017 and learned most see the practice as important to their parliamentary work, but are divided on the subject of limits and lobbying.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr tied as the most lobbied in cabinet in March.
News|By Jolson Lim
'The status quo is not an option,' says the health minister in response to the review's findings.
News|By Jolson Lim
In an exclusive interview, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor weighs in on the results of an external review calling for several health agencies to be overhauled, as well as drug prices, seniors' care, and other hot topics.
News|By Emily Haws
Housing and improved home care are two of the areas proponents of a seniors' strategy want addressed, while some want a specific department and ministry for seniors' issues.
News|By Emily Haws
With a range of public drug plans already in existence, the federal government has a variety of models to choose from, including systems operating in B.C. and Quebec.
Over the next decade, the federal government plans to invest $25.3-billion in social infrastructure in communities across Canada—much-needed money to build affordable housing, early learning and childcare centres, and cultural and recreational infrastructure. But hospitals,…
Opinion|By Ian C.W. Russell
Filling the gaps in money laundering and terrorist financing legislation is an important policy objective. It is equally important to promote a more efficient and cost-effective compliance regime for dealers and other reporting entities under the legislation and regulations.
Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
MONTREAL—In the increasingly fiery debate over the planned expansion of the Alberta/B.C. Trans Mountain pipeline, there is no mystery about the conflicting end games of the three governments embroiled in the dispute. But what about…
If we have the will to use our foresight and start having the challenging conversations we need, accelerating climate action will make us all better off.
For B.C. to re-emerge as a climate leader, the following are required: mitigation and adaptation strategies that reduce the risks and impacts of climate change for British Columbians, a plan for achieving significant emissions cuts, and a strategy to better incentivize B.C.’s transition to low-carbon industries.
Opinion|By Megan Leslie
We look forward to announcements of immediate actions to protect both southern resident orcas and chinook salmon, without which these killer whales won’t survive.
News|By Emily Haws
Data collection only stands to increase as cities become more technology-heavy, say experts, which is sparking privacy concerns.
Opinion|By Jennifer Mitchell
New report suggests government is on right track with push to open new markets for creative industries.
News|By Shruti Shekar
‘If you want people to follow laws they should be fully trained,’ says one watchdog, as lobbying and ethics czars agree to collaborate on education initiatives.
Opinion|By Caroline Riseboro
G7 leaders gathering in Canada in June should cement a declaration on girls’ education and empowerment in crises.
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Plus, the nominations for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing have been announced, and while some MPs were looking dishevelled during the House marathon votes last week, Conservative MP Erin O'Toole and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale both appeared spiffy in the same tie.
The court ruled in an 8-1 verdict released Friday that the ex-Conservative PMO aide broke the law when he tried to use his influence with government to secure contracts supplying water filtration units to First Nations communities for a company employing his then-girlfriend.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was lobbied 40 times in February, which triples the number of his second-busiest cabinet colleague.
'There is no good reason to section off the country into distinct markets with limited access to a full selection of goods and services, while there are many good reasons—tens of billions of them—to bring down provincial trade barriers.'

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